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Cynthia B. Astle

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  • Campbell UMC Superstar

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    Campbell UMC Lenten Series – Superstar

    Actors from a local theater production of "Jesus Christ, Superstar" are "fleshing out" the biblical stories of Jesus' closest disciples in Campbell United Methodist Church's Lenten sermon series by the Rev. Andy Bryan. more

    Mar 16, 2017

    3:43 PM

  • Sam Spicer Sierra Leone

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    Retired Doctor Coaches Sierra Leone Hospital

    Dr. Sam Spicer of Wilmington, N.C., retired in 2016 as a hospital vice president for medical affairs, but he's still in the hospital business. "Working with the Wilmington-based nonprofit Mission of Hope, Spicer is working hard to restart the Methodist Hospital in Rotifunk, a town in a remote corner of the West African nation of Serra Leone," reported Ben Steelman of StarNewsOnline. Dr. Spicer went to Sierra Leone in 2013 to help with Ebola outbreak, and returned in November 2016 with a fact-finding team for Mission of Hope, an initiative started by Wrightsville United Methodist Church in Wilmington. more

  • United Methodists to Build New Homes for Tennessee Fire Victims

    "Low-income families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the late November 2016 wildfires in Sevier County are going to get some long-term help from the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church and Appalachia Service Project Inc., a Johnson City-based service ministry, who are partnering to build 25 replacement homes over the next 12 months," reports The Daily Times of Blount County in Tennessee. more